September 1, 2015

Coming Next Month: German Language Trade Publishers That are Part of Holtzbrinck Will Offer DRM-Free Ebooks

Hat Tip and thanks to Sebastian Posth for the following item: German trade publishing houses owned by Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group, including Rowohlt, S. Fischer, Droemer Knaur, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, will soon be selling DRM-free ebooks. This means, that after Bonnier publishing group, all relevant trade publishers in the German market are offering their […]

Interview: On the Birth of the ISBN (International Standard Book Number)

From the International Publishers Association (IPA): In the second of our series of articles about the International Standard Book Number system, Richard Charkin [President of the IPA] talks to David Whitaker, who chaired the panel which planned the Standard Book Number system, which was introduced in the UK in 1967 and which subsequently evolved into […]

Association of American Publishers Reports Sales Were “Slow” During First Quarter of 2015″

From the Association of American Publishers: Publishers’ book sales for the first quarter of the year (Jan – March 2015) were down 6.6% for the year to date at $2.22 billion compared to $2.38 billion for the first quarter in 2014. Bright spots within the quarter were found in Trade — specifically Adult Books — […]

New Video: The British Library Takes a CT Scan of Europe’s Oldest Intact Book

A new video from The British Library online today. The St Cuthbert Gospel, the oldest intact European book, underwent a CT scan to reveal more information about its structure. This video, produced by Christina Duffy, Imaging Scientist at the British Library, shows the manuscript, its wooden boards, the cords which lie under the raised frames […]

Canada: What’s Does the Future Hold For Ebooks?

From the Financial Post: “Unplugging — I think people are getting it,” Heather Reisman, chief executive officer of Indigo Books and Music Inc., said in an interview after the company’s recent annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto. “Especially Millennials,” she said, speaking of the demographic aged 18 to 34. “They are the hippest group.” […]

Spain: Legal Deposit of Online Content Gets Go Ahead

Here’s an edited version of an announcement about the just approved introduction of legal deposit of online materials from a National Library of Spain (BNE) announcement translated using Google Translate. The original version of the announcement (in Spanish) is available here. In the new technological environment, marked mainly by the preeminence [of the] Internet as […]

Report: China’s E-Book Revenues Up 20.5% Annually Since 2012

Note: The following report (via Global Post) from Xinhua, China’s state-run news service. From the Article China’s e-book revenues have grown from 150 million yuan (24.5 million U.S. dollars) in 2006 to 4.5 billion yuan in 2014, with an increase of 20.5 percent annually since 2012. [Clip] China’s digital publishing industry grossed 338.8 billion yuan […]

Singapore: National Library Board Says Ebook Lending Has Nearly Quadrupled in Past Five Years

From The Straits Times: More readers are borrowing electronic books, or e-books, from libraries, with mobile devices making it easy to read while on the go. As a result, the number of e-books borrowed has almost quadrupled in the past five years. Eleven million were borrowed last year, compared with three million in 2009, according […]

Registration Now Open For DPLAfest 2015 in Indianapolis

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The two-day event is scheduled for Friday, April 17 – Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. A two-day pass costs $75.00. A one-day pass is $50.00 Direct to Registration Webpage From the Digital Public Library of America: DPLAfest brings together the full range of the cultural heritage sector to discuss everything from technology and […]

Rebecca T. Miller Named Editorial Director of Library Journals

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Rebecca T. Miller, Editor-in-Chief of School Library Journal, has accepted the position of Editorial Director of Library Journals, effective immediately. She will serve as Editor-in-Chief for both Library Journal and School Library Journal. Michael Kelley, previously Editor-in-Chief of LJ, is no longer with the company. Please submit LJ news and feature queries to Executive Editor Josh Hadro at jhadro@mediasourceinc.com.